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Getting to Know T1 High Performance Athlete, Catherine Alcorn

Twenty four years ago two people living in Red Deer Alberta brought home a beautiful baby girl.  Their plan? Reinforce the importance of education, the health benefits of sport, and the power of independence and hard work.  They registered her in competitive swimming, where she excelled and placed nationally.  Her goal was to be an Olympic swimmer in the 100 and 200 butterfly.  Unfortunately the universe had other plans.  Grade 8 rolled around and while all of the other girls went through massive growth spurts the baby girl who was now an extremely awkward teenager was stuck at a measly five feet.  Hours of hard work resulting in a year long plateau devastated our young hero.  Coming to terms with the fact that her competitive swimming dream was over, she turned to running.  She ran x-country and track and field for her high school and experienced instant success.  Little did our ex-swimmer know that despite being able to spend hours in the pool daily, a person shouldn’t spend hours running.  Plagued with the beginning of many injuries to come, our hero had to back off from running and try to find something else to fill the empty void.  Through the insight of a family friend, the wise parents bought her a road bike for her sweet sixteen and convinced her to try triathlon.  They drove her to races across the province, cheering her on as she exited the water first, dropped to last place after the bike and then sprinted her way back up to the podium.  Little did they know this was the initial spark of a dream that has only grown with time.  

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